On Sunday, Milan defeated the reigning champions by a score of 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by Theo Hernandez in the first half. This victory brought Milan to within one point of second-place Juventus.
Last Saturday, the Bianconeri suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of league leader Inter Milan. On Monday, they will play home to Udinese, who are in danger of being relegated. Inter extended their advantage at the top of Serie A to seven points after claiming a 4-2 victory away at Roma on Saturday.
As a result, Napoli stayed in seventh place and fell seven points behind Atalanta, who was in fourth place.
Since 2014, Milan had not been able to defeat Napoli in the league at home. However, Milan had achieved victory in the Italian Cup and in the Champions League the previous year.
The star winger for Napoli, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, was given a new and liberated role by Walter Mazzarri. This almost had an instant impact as he dribbled down the right side of the field before crossing for Giovanni Simeone, but he missed the right post with his shot.
In the 22nd minute, Milan seized the lead when Olivier Giroud sent the ball to Rafael Leão on the left side. Leão then played a lovely through ball for Hernandez to run onto and fire into the near bottom corner. This allowed Milan to take the lead.
Alessandro Florenzi’s shot was blocked by Napoli goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, who then managed to reach over and collect the loose ball before Giroud could pounce. The Rossoneri came close to increasing their lead straight after the intermission, but Gollini was able to prevent Giroud from scoring.
In the league, for the first time since September, Leão came close to scoring himself. He cut inside his defender, but his attempt to score was curled just past the right post. This was the first time that Leão had scored in the league since September.
Jesper Lindstrøm’s cross was deflected onto the left upright by Milan defender Jan-Carlo Simic, and Napoli came close to equalizing late on. However, as the game progressed, goalkeeper Mike Maignan made a remarkable save to push Matteo Politano’s shot over the bar. The action at San Siro was intense and intensely competitive.